Fly a First World War plane in immersive exhibit

Fly a realistic rendering of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s Sopwith Ship Camel biplane, dodge enemy aircraft and align yourself to fire as the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre hosts a travelling exhibition.

The Ace Academy: Flight Experience is a digital interactive exhibition space in which players manoeuvre an airplane on screen by moving their arms up and down and tilting their bodies.

“We’re so excited to bring this interactive exhibit to Stouffville,” said Krista Rauchenstein, curator and supervisor of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre. “Not only does it highlight aviation technology in an interactive way, it also provides a backdrop to exhibit our community’s aviation and military history.”

The game is based on Ace Academy, an educational game produced by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in partnership with SEED Interactive. It features other aircraft from that museum’s extensive First World War collection as it guides players through levels that explain how aircraft fly. The exhibit features individual local pilots through the display of artifacts from our local museum, Pickering Museum Village and private loan.

“Much like aviation technology affected the development of this field over a century ago, today’s digital technology is affecting the way museums engage with their audience,” says Christina Tessier, president and CEO of Ingenium. Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation is dedicated to celebrating the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently.

Ace Academy runs until November 26. The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre is located at 14732 Woodbine Ave. Email [email protected] or call 905-727-8954 or 1-888-290-0337 to learn more.  Ace Academy and its sequel Ace Academy: Black Flight are available for free on the App Store and Google Play. The games complement the exhibit and promise to extend players’ engagement and learning beyond the flight experience.

Move your arms up and down and tilt your body to manoeuvre an airplane on screen. Photo courtesy of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

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